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Summer Kick-Off!

 

We’re ready to welcome summer!

Join us and choose your new favorite summer scent that will put you in a light and breezy state of mind.

Cefiro– A bit of spice added to the floral garden that will leave you wondering who smells so good.

Brezza di Mare – The elegant, understated scent of sea and sand.

Cologne du Maghreb– For those looking for a true classic cologne… with woody contrasts at the back end.

Copacabana– Sunny, breezy, tropical. A mini-holiday on the beach. This solid perfume has added skincare benefits: moisturizing shea butter and free from parabens and alcohol.

Aqua Sextius– A full blown citrus-fresh beginning with the added bonus of heart and base notes that not only add to its beauty, but also to its longevity.

Neroli Blanc Eau de Perfume– Celebrate the essence of summer with the orange blossom at its peak.

Sicilian Limes– A full liquor hit of a salt margarita, complimented by lime, rosemary and moss.

Samples are prepared fresh in .7 ml. glass vials with dauber.

With the purchase of the Summer Kick-Off Sampler Set, you will receive a coupon code for $10 off one full bottle purchased from the Sampler Set.

Click HERE to place your order.

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Lily of the Valley

One of the first flowers in May is the beloved lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis).

With its fresh, green, earthy beauty with honeyed undertones, it has been a favorite fragrance for centuries.

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Lily of the valley is grown in cooler climates and prefers the partial shade of a woodland setting. It spreads via its underground stems called rhizomes. It can take a few years to get established, but once it is, it will spread far and wide.

According to Elanour Sinclair Rohde, in her book, The Scented Garden, “The lily-of-the-valley is, I think, the very first of the flowers whose scent is a true summer scent, for the May lily, as our ancestors called it, never flowers till the bitter winds we so often get in late spring are over. When the lily of the valley flowers we know in truth that summer has come.”

 Lily of the Valley 2 Its flowers hang, with each bell consisting of six florets with edges that turn back into six small scallops. While there is no honey in the flowers, there is a sweet sap stored in tissue at its base which is very attractive to bees. They also visit to collect its pollen.

Lily of the valley flowers contain extremely minute amounts of oils, making them too labor intensive to pick as each floret opens at different times. Any perfume with lily of the valley notes means that it is a combination of other natural oils, such as rose and jasmine. There is no lily of the valley absolute or essential oil.

Hydroxycitronellal is widely considered to be the aroma chemical material closest to the scent of Lily of the Valley, although its use is limited by IFRA restrictions to 1% of the finished fragrance.

Diorissimo, composed by Edmond Roudnitska in 1956, is generally referred to as the gold standard for lily of the valley perfumes.

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At Indigo, our favorite lily of the valley perfume is by Floris London. Lily of the Valley was created in 1847 and is a true soliflore that is as close to the real flower as one can get. Its sillage and longevity are medium. It is a refreshing floral to wear on a spring or summer day. It is also the perfect office fragrance.

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Perle de Mousse, authored by Bertrand Duchaufour in 2012 for Ann Gerard, is an artistic interpretation of lily of the valley. It is a memorable green chypre that begins with green galbanum and bubbly aldehydes, with a heart of lily of the valley, rose and tuberose. Its base notes include ambergris, musk and vanilla. Its longevity is outstanding, its sillage is very good.

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Stilettos on Lex is a lively fruit and floral bouquet that starts off with pear and plum liquor. Lily of the valley joins the heart notes, along with rose, heliotrope, iris and carnation and is followed by a base of musk, patchouli, vanilla and Atlas cedar wood.

What is your favorite lily of the valley scent?

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Perfumes

Dark Florals

 

Dark Florals in Traditional Home’s May 2015’s Secret Garden:

“When set against a dark, inky background, colorful florals seem to radiate a larger-than-life presence. Depending on their pattern and hue, the blooms appear either electrified and voluminous or sophisticated with a slight edge. So take some time to stop and smell these roses.”

 

We decided to find Indigo’s dark florals and share them with you as we enter the height of the floral season. Stop by for a sniff!

 

Asphalt Rainbow by Charenton Macerations definitely falls under the sophisticated but edgy category. It is described as “a roughed up rose that’s been hyper-colored, torn apart and twisted on its head, then nailed to the wall for your sniffing pleasure.” Need we say more?

 

Shay and Blue’s Atropa Belladonna is just what atropa belladonna purports to be: bewitching and mesmerizing. With the heady white blossoms of jasmine and narcissus combining with cassis berries and Bourbon vanilla, it is a beauty.

 

ROSE flash by Tauerville is an extrait strength rendition of rose in all its glory. There is nothing shy about this rose; you will be asked, “What are you wearing?!” Its sweetness is tempered by the woods and spices that Mr. Tauer is so well known for.

 

Neroli Blanc Intense by Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger is not an innocent neroli or orange blossom perfume. It says evening, date night, come hither, with the base notes of vanilla, balsam and benzoin turning on the charm.

 

Rose Cut by Ann Gerard bursts forth with a bubbly, happy presence of aldehydes and pink pepper. An exquisite rose quickly becomes evident, which eventually settles down into one heck of a sexy rose and patchouli blend that lingers till dark…

 

Thirty Three by Ex Idolo is deep, velvety and sensual. Equally memorable on males or females, Thirty Three is all about a rose and its relationship with a fabulous oud.

 

 

 

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Perfumes, Upcoming Events

A Gift For The Epicurean Mother

 

Finding a scent that matches her essence is the key to success with the Epicurean Mother. She’ll instinctively pay attention to the ingredients and may even opt for the unexpected. Lavender, vanilla and spices are within the comfort zone of the passionate gourmand.

Like This, by État Libre d’Orange, will delight her senses with its unexpected olfactory assortment of notes. Created with Tilda Swenson in mind, one can expect that it will make its own statement with a distinct gourmand quality.

Indigo Vanilla, created by Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes, is an unconventional gourmand with a subtle spice trail complimenting its focus on violet. Yes, there is very good vanilla, but don’t worry, Indigo Vanilla avoids being too sweet or edible. It’s just plain beautiful.

Provanilla (Providence Perfume Co.) also has to be included for Our Epicurean Mother. Whether your Mother is a connoisseur of vanilla or not, she will love Charna Ethier’s uniquely creative ode to vanilla. Not only does Charna incorporate five different (sublime) vanillas, she discovered that adding the unexpected twist of a clean aquatic accord keeps the fragrance light and fresh throughout. (Order directly from Providence Perfume… our bottles are not here yet…)

Gift certificates are always available as well.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Wednesday, May 6th.

Complimentary gift wrap is available.

Please let us know if you would like it in the Special Request box during checkout.

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Perfumes, Upcoming Events

A Gift For The Loves-To-Travel Mother

 

The Loves-to-Travel, Adventurous Mother craves new experiences and needs to pack up quickly and easily.

Copacabana’s (Sabé Masson) soft perfume ease of use and vacation-perfect scent

contrasts with L’Air du Désert Marocain (Tauer Perfumes), a spicy, memorable perfume with lots of character.

Of course you can always opt for a gift certificate.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Wednesday, May 6th.

Complimentary gift wrap is available.

Please let us know if you would like it in the Special Request box during checkout.

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Perfumes, Upcoming Events

A Gift For The Athletic Mother

 

 

The Athletic Mother benefits from a fresh scent with a big pick-me-up like Aqua Sextius (Jul et Mad) with its sophisticated, fresh green piquancy of an outdoor day,

or Zazou (Sabé Masson) invigorating citrus notes complimented by its woody dry down.

Of course you can always opt for a gift certificate.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Wednesday, May 6th.

Complimentary gift wrap is available.

Please let us know if you would like it in the Special Request box during checkout.

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Perfumes, Upcoming Events

A Gift For The New Mother

 

The New Mother faces how to balance the overwhelming duties of being a new mom while remaining true to herself.

Perfect Veil by Sarah Horowitz is a gentle scent that will remind her of her prettier side while never overwhelming the baby.

She saves Neroli Blanc Intense, by Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger, to feel sultry for that much-needed date night out.

Of course you can always opt for a gift certificate.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Wednesday, May 6th.

Complimentary gift wrap is available.

Please let us know if you would like it in the Special Request box during checkout.

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Perfumes, Upcoming Events

A Gift For The Green Thumb Mother

 

 

The Green Thumb Mother’s love of nature and flowers is reflected in her fragrance choices.

Ciel d’Opale, by Ann Gerard Parfum, takes you to a sunny afternoon under the linden tree.

Caterina dè Medici, by i Profumi di Firenze, portrays the most beautiful flower garden imaginable.

Of course you can always opt for a gift certificate.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Wednesday, May 6th.

Complimentary gift wrap is available.

Please let us know if you would like it in the Special Request box during checkout.

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Perfumes, Upcoming Events

A Gift For the Career Mom

 

 

Mother’s day is fast approaching.

Let Indigo assist you this week with our daily scent guideline.

We’re matching scents with a wide range of moms.

Today: it’s The Career Mother.

The Career Mother needs a fragrance subtle enough for the office.

Hedonist Iris (Viktoria Minya) is a refined fragrance that focuses on the delicate scent of the iris flower.

Parisian Rhapsody (Sabé Masson) is a soft perfume in a tube, an easy-to-wear floral with subtle spice and fruit notes.

Of course you can always opt for a gift certificate.

To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Wednesday, May 6th.

Complimentary gift wrap is available.

Please let us know if you would like it in the Special Request box during checkout.

 

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Behind the Scenes, Perfumes

FLORIS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

This London history chapter actually began in 1730 when Juan Famenias Floris arrived in London from his native country, Menorca, Spain. He came to England with the intention of being a barber and comb-maker and set up shop in the elegant quarter of London called St. James along with his wife, Elizabeth. Because he missed the scents and flowers of his native country, Juan began to mix his own oils and scents which soon became in demand. Thus Floris began to sell perfumes and toilet waters.

 

The shop, at 89 Jermyn Street, remains the heart of the business today and is now run by the family’s ninth generation of descendants.

The Floris family lived in the Jermyn Street location until the mid 1800s. All perfumes were made in “The Mine” 2 floors below until the 1970s. Floris London is presently the oldest English retailer of toiletries and accessories and second oldest in the world after FARINA GEGENÜBER GmbH of Cologne, Germany.

 

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The steps leading down to “The Mine,” accessed from the basement and through a trap door at the back of the store.

 

Fortunately, Juan Famenias Floris faithfully recorded the formulas so they could be reproduced. “We’re fortunate that previous generations have been careful about handing down family documents, letters and formulas,” said Edward Bodenham, the current the Floris ‘nose’ and 9th generation of the Floris family.

 

The coal stove that was used to provide heat and warm ingredients

The coal stove that was used to provide heat and warm ingredients

 

In 1870, Mary Anne Floris married James R.D. Bodenham. In July 1871, the first of their children was born. Shortly after this they settled in West London at ‘Ivy Lodge,’ the family home where they would continue to live for 50 years.

 

In 1878, James and Mary Anne took over the family business from Mary Anne’s brother Joseph.

 

The ladies bottling the Floris perfumes

The ladies bottling the Floris perfumes

 

Floris received their first Royal Warrant as Smooth Pointed Comb Maker to HM The King George IV in 1820. Expertly made combs were a speciality of Floris at this time and greatly valued by the company’s elite clientele.

 

Today, Floris is the only Appointed Perfumer to Her Majesty, the Queen and holds two Royal warrants: Perfumers to HM The Queen Elizabeth II and Manufacturers of Toilet Preparations to HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

 

Old leather bound ledgers containing formulas and notes

Old leather bound ledgers containing formulas and notes

 

To satisfy increasing demand, in 1989 the family set up a factory in Devon which was officially opened by HRH Princess Diana.

It is here that all Floris products continue to be made.

 

Winston Churchill's receipt

Winston Churchill’s receipt

 

The 89 Jermyn Street location retains the original and beautifully preserved façade.

Its interior still features the solid mahogany, Spanish-made display cabinets, purchased at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park.

 

 

Marilyn Monroe's "other perfume" receipt

Marilyn Monroe’s “other perfume” receipt

 

The family opened the doors to its second shop at the prestigious location of 147 Ebury Street, Belgravia.

 

Old bottles in "The Mine"

Old bottles in “The Mine”

 

Some of their customers over the years include Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (Floris created Bouquet De La Reine as a wedding present for the 21-year old Queen Victoria as she prepared to marry the love of her life in February 1840), Florence Nightingale, Beau Brummell, Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming (Ian Fleming’s James Bond always wore No. 89), Errol Flynn, Oscar Wilde, Michael Caine, Sir Ralph Fiennes, Brian Ferry, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Sir Winston Churchill, Vivien Leigh, Wallis Simpson, Marilyn Monroe, Emma Thompson and Lady Margaret Thatcher.

 

 

More old scales and heavy tools to seal bottle lids

More old scales and heavy tools to seal bottle lids

 

Michael Bodenham (7th generation descendant) composing in "The Mine" during the '50s

Michael Bodenham (7th generation descendant) composing in “The Mine” during the ’50s

 

Old, original bottles that still contain their ingredients... and smell

Old, original bottles that still contain their ingredients… and smell

 

Mmm- believe it or not, this jasmine still smells fresh

Mmm- believe it or not, this jasmine still smells fresh

 

Floris family in the 70s, along with one of their ads

Floris family in the 70s, along with one of their ads

 

Edward Bodenham describes Floris: “Our story is unique. It is built on a history of creation, family values and a long lasting and effecting relationship with our customers. Sophisticated and understated, our elegance is borne from the experience, not artifice. We are a whisper not a shout. We understand the emotive power of fragrance.”

 

 

The Floris perfumers produce unique and timeless creations, all of which are given approval by Edward Bodenham, the current Floris “nose.”

Edward and his team can be found at 89 Jermyn Street in the perfumery behind the founding shop where all of the Floris fragrances have been created since 1730.

 

Soon to come to Indigo: the latest releases of their Home Collection of candle and room fragrances.